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On the Dusty Road. Poem by Langston Hughes. Music by Hall Johnson. On a Theme by Toy Harper. - SIGNED TO THE MELODAIRES
New York: Independent Music Publishers, [ca. 1923]. Used; Like New/Used; Like New. Sheet music. Five leaves measuring approximately 11 by 14 inches. Piano and vocal arrangement for Hughes' poem "On the Dusty Road," boldly inscribed by the American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist: "For the Melodaires – Sincerely – Langston Hughes." In fine condition. 
The arranger, violinist and composer Hall Johnson, set a number of Hughes' poems to music. "Aunt" Toy Harper, who is given credit for the theme of the poem, was a friend of Hughes' mother from childhood. Hughes dedicated his first autobiography, The Big Sea, to her and her husband, the musician Emerson Harper.  The "Melodaires" were a modestly popular vocal ensemble lead by tenor Homer Smith.
The American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist Langston Hughes was the leading voice of the Harlem Renaissance.  

      [Bookseller: Schubertiade Music & Arts]
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